Center for Wound Healing

ECHN Center for Wound Healing

Every wound has its unique set of circumstances. Our Center for Wound Healing is equipped and staffed to address them all, with most treatments covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance plans. We are expert at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment with a success rate of 89% healed in 16 weeks.

For more information, call 860.533.2903, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Wound Healing Center is located at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Specialists working together for you.

Our Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors, nurses, and therapists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds. The causes of open sores are complex and our group represents expertise in all of the major areas necessary to handle their carried circumstances and challenges. Whatever it takes for healing to occur, we’re equipped and staffed to make it happen.

Steps to start healing:

  1. Generally the doctor presently treating your wound will refer you to our Center. Or, you can make your appointment directly.
  2. When you call for your first appointment, we’ll ask you a few questions about your health.
  3. Before beginning treatment, our team will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your medical history.
  4. Tests may be conducted to tell us more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation, as well as to determine if there’s any infection present.
  5. Together with your doctor, we will develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your needs. Your program will likely involve regular visits to the Center. Your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted as necessary.
  6. We are in constant communication with your doctor throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you’ll return to your doctor for follow-up care. And of course, you’ll continue with your personal doctor for any related ailments like diabetes and hypertension.

What to bring to your first appointment:

  • A list of any medications you’re currently taking and any known allergies
  • Medical records (including x-rays) if you have them
  • Insurance forms or cards

Your role in healing.

Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You’ll learn about caring for your wound at home including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.

New wound healing options available here.

At the Wound Healing Center, you’ll receive the right treatment to heal your wound. Your wound care doctor may prescribe some of these therapies:

  • Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
  • Specially chosen dressings and wraps
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (description of HBO is below)
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
  • Platelet growth technologies

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)?
Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. HBO chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out.

Introduced in the mid-'60s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.

The HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and DVD players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call The Center for Wound Healing at 860.533.2903 or e-mail Denise Dowd, Program Director, at ddowd@echn.org.

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